- Marble Hill fires entire sewer department (8/23/16)4
- Witness says he saw man shoot Domorlo McCaster (8/19/16)2
- Students move into new fraternity housing at Southeast Missouri State University (8/18/16)2
- Southeast imposes 'interim suspension' of Sigma Nu fraternity over vandalism incident (8/19/16)21
- Ex-Southeast student gets probation for placing homemade sex video on porn site without woman's knowledge (8/24/16)11
- The Chrome Queens (8/21/16)2
- Pitmasters to descend on Arena Park for Cape BBQ Fest (8/19/16)2
- Logan's Roadhouse in Cape not closing; Ruby Tuesday fate still unknown (8/17/16)
- Local private school dreams bigger, plans for new building at Sprigg and Lexington (8/22/16)
- Gender-neutral restrooms now available at Southeast (8/18/16)38
We can't afford casino
I am proud to call Cape Girardeau my home. However, recently I have become concerned about the prospect of a casino becoming a part of our beautiful city. I harbor strong opposition to the proposed casino.
A casino is profitable to the owners at the expense of the losers. These losers are those least able to afford to lose. Many will be gambling trying to "hit it big" with money that should be used to provide for their families. I have no idea what the ratio of winners to losers is, but I do know there are many more losers than winners. If this was not so, there would be no casinos.
We have heard about the entertainment and restaurant benefits of the proposed casino. However, this is not what brings in millions of dollars. We hear the word "gaming" as if it is nothing more than entertainment, but we don't hear about people gambling away their livelihood, and this will happen. Gambling addiction is just like any other addiction. Nothing else matters to the addict, and addicts will be created right here in Cape Girardeau if the casino is approved in November.
Can we afford to allow a casino in Cape Girardeau with a clear conscience?
HOWARD BROWN, Cape Girardeau